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Full Name: Percy Lorenzo Adamson
Rank Last Held:
  • Private
  • Trooper
Forename(s): Percy Lorenzo
Surname: Adamson
  • South African War, 1899-1902
  • World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.:
  • 8629
  • 16253
Gender: Male
Date of Birth: 13 March 1873
Place of Birth: Norfolk, England
Religion: Church of England
First Known Rank:
  • Private
  • Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment:
  • Farmer
  • Farmer
Next of Kin:
  • John William Adamson, 9 Ellice Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Mrs E. Adamson (wife), Cameron Road, Tauranga, New Zealand
Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Married, 5 children
Enlistment Address:
  • 9 Ellice Street, Wellington, New Zealand
  • Cameron Road, Tauranga, New Zealand
Physical Description:
  • Height: 5 foot 7.5 inches
  • Eyes: Bluish grey
  • Weight: 144 pounds
  • Other: tattoo skull and crossbones right forearm
Enlistment Date:
  • 10 April 1902
  • 5 April 1916
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit:
  • 10 Contingent, A Squadron
  • 16th Reinforcements NZ Mounted Rifles Brigade
Embarkation Date:
  • 14 April 1902
  • 10 August 1916
Place of Embarkation:
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Drayton Grange
  • Moeraki
  • Durban, South Africa (17 May 1902)
  • Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: 38
Page on Nominal Roll: 3
Other Units: 16th Company, Imperial Camel Corps (No. 2 New Zealand Company) from 21 September 1916
Campaigns: Egypt 1916, 1917
Military Awards:
  • Queen's South Africa Medal (South Africa 1902 Clasp)
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
Wounds and Diseases: May 1917 seriously ill with scarlet fever
Discharge Date:
  • 1902
  • 23 March 1918
Last Unit Served:
  • 10th Contingent, 1st Regiment, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
  • Imperial Camel Corps, 16 (New Zealand) No 2 Company
Reason for Discharge:
  • End of hostilities
  • Discharged on account of illness contracted on service
Place of Death: Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Death: 23 April 1957
Age at Death: 84
Year of Death: 1957
Cemetery Name: Waikumete Cemetery, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Grave Reference: Soldiers burial L Row 11, Plot 100
Biographical Notes: Husband of Elizabeth nee Hazelhurst, married 1908. Father of Elizabeth b1909, Stanley b1911, Hazel b1912, Percival b1915, Evelyn b1916
Postwar Occupation: General labourer
Additional Information: Moeraki then transhipped to "Mooltan" at Sydney for Suez.
Archives NZ source: Military personnel file
Further References: New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War. URL:
Sources Used:
Previous Military Experience: Opunake Mounted Rifles, Hawera (2 weeks)
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